A faculty member at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Shannon Gibney, received a formal reprimand for her handling of a discussion about structural racism in her Introduction to Mass Communication course.
According to Gibney inan interview with City College News, a white male student asked her, “Why do we have to talk about this in every class? Why do we have to talk about this?”
She claims she was shocked, because “[h]is whole demeanor was very defensive. He was taking it personally. I tried to explain, of course, in a reasonable manner — as reasonable as I could given the fact that I was being interrupted and put on the spot in the middle of class — that this is unfortunately the context of 21st century America.”
Gibney says another white male student followed the first, saying “Yeah, I don’t get this either. It’s like people are trying to say that white men are always the villains, the bad guys. Why do we have to say this?”
When Gibney attempted, again, to inform the students that they were mistaking a systemic critique for a personal attack, the students continued to argue. Eventually, she told them that “if you’re really upset, feel free to go down to legal affairs and file a racial harassment discrimination complaint.” This is exactly what they did.
Gibney is familiar with white male students taking discussions about structural racism as personal attacks, as it has happened before: ina 2009 incident, an editor of the school newspaper took offense at a similar discussion. In both that case and this one, Gibney received an official reprimand. After the latest accusation, the Vice President of Academic Affairs appended a letter to her file, in which he said he found it “it troubling that the manner in which you led a discussion on the very important topic of of structural racism alienated two students who may have been most in need of learning about this subject.”
“While I believe it was your intention to discuss structural racism generally,” he continued, “it was inappropriate for you to single out white male students in class. Your actions in [targeting] select students based on their race and gender caused them embarrassment and created a hostile learning environment.”
Gibney told lawyers at an investigatory meeting for an anti-discrimination lawsuit she and six other professors are filling against MCTC that the vice president’s words “have helped those three white male students succeed in undermining my authority as one of the few remaining black female professors here.”
There’s a lot of irony in this story. In the students’ subsequent freak out about feeling “singled out” about structural racism they went over her head and tried to get the professor fired…indicating structural racism.
Katie Aselton on the set of Black Rock (2012)
My boyfriend said Kids in the Hall isn’t funny.
What have I done
It was financed by Tommy Wiseau himself. Seriously.
How the fuck did the room cost 6 million to make???
Footballs, suits, Tommy Wiseau’s hair, a never ending string of acting coaches I’m sure. These things add up.
Listen, the decorations at the surprise party alone…
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well life just isnt fucking fair is it humpback whale 85
Last week, I lost my grandfather. He was the most important person in the world, to me and many others.
On top of being the true embodiment of kindness and everything that is good, my Pap was an artist. Self-made and self-motivated, he received many accolades and awards. But what Pap loved most was teaching others to hone their craft and follow their dreams, no matter what they may be.
Everyone that I met this weekend told me how lucky they were to have known him. People that he had only met once told me that he changed their lives forever. It’s easy to see how that could be; no one who met my grandfather ever had any right to feel alone. As long as you knew Henry Fiore, you had someone in your corner, someone on your side, and someone who truly not only believed in you, but would fight for you.
His works have been displayed worldwide. But it’s not enough for me to know that just a few people scattered all over the world know of the blood, sweat, and tears that my Pap put into his work. I was, and always will be, the proudest granddaughter that could ever be. So, a part of my life will now always be dedicated to making sure his legacy lives on. And working on my legacy, because I can still feel him pushing me along.
Even if he did not know you, my grandfather liked you. He would have liked you the instant he met you. If he found out your passion, he would have told you to pursue it. He would try to give you a number of a guy that he did a favor for once who could help you out, as I saw him do so many times.
Pass on his work. Pass on his legacy. He deserves the world, even now.
I honestly didn’t think this was real, so I googled it.
Apparently it is.
I fucking LOVE this man.
First he comes out in defence of teaching evolution over creationism, and now this.
GO GET ‘EM, BILL!!
Holy shit what a BAMF.
ALL MY YES
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BILL NYE THE BADASS MOTHERFUCKER
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